Turning a volcanic crater into majestic cliffs in Iceland
You gotta love nature. Give it time enough and things never stay the same for too long. Perhaps something a few of us humans should take to heart.
You probably know about all the volcanic activity on this island of ours. This land is alive in every sense of the word. Fires are burning underneath your feet at all times in most spots in the country and should you doubt it, the number of small earthquakes measured here daily should put your doubts at ease.
As a result of all this activity we have our share of extinct volcanoes. Craters where once massive amounts of lava spewed forth for days and weeks on end are now overgrown with moss and other vegetation giving away nothing about former destruction. And as luck would have it, some old craters are more special than others.
Londrangar cliffs on the South coast of Snaefellsnes peninsula in the West of Iceland look nothing like an old volcanic crater. Those majestic cliffs towering up to 75 meters in height look genuinely out of place here. Almost like there were two cliffs left behind after the puzzle was completed and the maker, already late elsewhere, just rammed those somewhere into the ground.
But Londrangar cliffs are, believe it or not, remnants of an old volcanic crater. Those two towers of rock are the only thing left of a rather large and vast crater from times past. Yup, kinda unbelievable but the whole truth nonetheless. What happened was the ever demanding sea breaking the crater down bit by bit over thousands of years and leaving only the solitary cliffs.
The coast around here is quite fantastic and team Total Iceland certainly recommends a night´s stay here if possible. But let it suffice to view and adore the cliffs. Else you might come up against a group of local elves said to treasure the cliffs even more than we do.